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Short Takes for April 2009

It’s only the second of April, and already I’m dealing with chaos.   And not the kind I expected, either.

We’ve all been waiting for Conflicker to do something this month, but so far, nothing has occurred.  This is not a bad thing, mind you, as long as we realize that we need to be equally vigilant about all subsequent threats.  Chances are, though, that the general public will think that it was all pointless and get hit by the next big one.

On the other hand, today, I experienced a brief service disruption of my web-host provider because the credit card information on file needed to be updated, AND I the email address on file is one that I only look at occasionally. Thankfully, they were able to restore service immediately after I made the changes!

Oh, and I seem to be getting a cold.  I don’t generally get those (I’ve averaged less than 1 per year for the past 3 or 4 years now), and so I had forgotten just how annoying they can be.

I’m juggling some very tight project schedules for April and May 2009, and the planning sessions are getting intense.  Fun, fun.  (Actually, I live for these.)

I didn’t make any real progress on the upgrades of my home network in 2008, but I’m going to rectify that this year.  More on that later.  I also have some plans for website upgrades as well, using Graffiti and a .  I’ll be using both of these at work, too.   And I am on the hunt for a server-based antispam solution that I can use at home for multiple domains that is both free and effective (yeah, I’m asking for a lot here).

The cooking class will resume this month, btw.  I just need to complete some more editing to get it down to a sub 45-minute timeframe.

Lots to do, and I need to sleep off this impending cold, lest my weekend get wrecked.  :)


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Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2009 9:45 PM by Logik!


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Andrew S. Baker aka ASB aka Logik!

Andrew S. Baker is a business-savvy, hands-on IT leader with expertise in mentoring people, mitigating risk, and integrating technology to drive innovation and maximize business results. He creates competitive advantage for organizations through effective IT leadership: implementation of processes and controls, and architecture of robust business solutions.

Mr. Baker has successfully led a number of high-performance technology teams in designing, deploying and maintaining secure, cost-effective computing environments for well-known companies, including Warner Music Group, The Princeton Review, Bear Stearns, About.com, and Lewco Securities.

For over a decade, Andrew has exhibited thought leadership on technology and business topics via mailing lists, technical forums, blogs, and professional networking groups, along with contributions to podcasts, webinars, and over 20 technical/business magazine articles. He also serves on several boards and committees for non-profit organizations, and within the Seventh-day Adventist church.

His personal interests include Astronomy, Basketball, Bible Study, Chess, Comics, Computers, Family Life Ministries, Reading, Strategy/Role Playing games, and Professional Networking...

A summary of Andrew's current résumé is available here, and he can be reached on a variety of social and professional networks, including LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter.